‘Although there are different positions on various issues, the parties to the meeting will like to have a consensus by the end of the day’

As many as 18 decisions are expected to be adopted through consensus on Friday, the concluding day of negotiations at the sixth meeting of the COP-MOP to the Cartagena Protocol on Bio-safety.

The decisions meant to fast track the implementation of the Protocol relate to Nagoya-Kuala Lumpur Supplementary Protocol on liability and redress, financial mechanism to support the implementation of Cartagena Protocol, operations and activities of Bio-safety Clearing-House. The decisions will help in achieving the goals by 2020 as set out in the Strategic Plan.

Measures on strengthening capacity building, risk assessment, unintentional trans-boundary movement of Living Modified Organisms (LMOs), socio-economic considerations and the type of subsidiary bodies to be put in place to implement the supplementary protocol are likely to be firmed up.

Briefing reporters on Thursday, Charles Gbedemah, Head of Bio-safety, Convention on Biodiversity (CBD), said that 90 per cent of the 164 parties, which signed the Supplementary Protocol on redress and liability had submitted their second national reports. The delegates also discussed the processes required for each party to prepare the third national report before COP MOP-8.

Mr.Charles said that although there were different positions on various issues, the parties to the meeting would like to have a consensus by the end of the day. “They are moving towards consensus on all topics”, he added.

Meanwhile, according to a report on the proceedings published in ‘Earth Negotiations Bulletin” brought out by the International Institute for Sustainable Development, a suggestion during the discussion on “Financial Mechanism and Resources” that parties should give priority to the national bio-safety project under the Global Environment Facility System for Transparent Allocation of Resources (STAR) was opposed by Zambia and other African countries.